Disinfo: The BBC’s documentary presents new evidence suggesting MH17 was downed by Ukrainian jet


The BBC’s documentary presents new evidence suggesting that the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 was caused by a shot from a Ukrainian fighter jet rather than a ground-to-air missile.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the downing of MH17. 

The BBC documentary entitled "The Conspiracy Files: Who Shot Down MH17?" does not claim that Ukraine downed MH17. "Experts in fact tell the programme it was unlikely a Ukrainian fighter jet could have shot down MH17, as they cannot fly at such high altitudes", the BBC's press service confirmed.

The Dutch-led investigation into the downing of the MH-17 flight confirmed the plane was blown apart by a Soviet-made, Buk surface-to-air missile launched from the separatist-held zone (bit.ly/238ugXc), .


  • Reported in: Issue25
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: French, Hungarian, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: BBC, MH17


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